A French Tat For Tit

A war of derision between Nikolas Sarkozy and Françoise Hollande is keeping the French population amused. The two antagonists mock each other constantly, indicating there is no love lost between them. In fact, they appear to loathe each other as only politicians can, bitching their way into a hilarious frenzy that’s gripping the nation.

The latest exhibit to stir this pot is in the form of a picture of the previous French president and his glamorous wife (who, according to her close friends also cannot stand the sight of the new president) riding a scooter with her husband like two carefree lovebirds, mimicking Hollande’s famous journey to visit his mistress, the actress Julie Gayet, who, according to recent reports, has now dumped him.

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Even some of Sarkozy’s friends admitted that the picture was a case of a carefully choreographed nose-thumping at Hollande and evidence of how intensely personal the political battle has developed for Sarkozy.
He suspects Hollande of trying to deprecate him and being behind a judicial witch-hunt of bringing pressure to bear on magistrates to investigate Sarkozy’s campaign of political financing,

All this has resulted in his telephones being tapped as well as his humiliating arrest recently on charges of corruption and influence peddling, an investigation likely to dog him for months and overshadow his efforts to run for the presidency next time round.

Henri Guaino, his former speech writer and an MP in his centre right party, warned that Sarkozy was letting his grievance against Hollande get the better of him. Guaino called the scooter picture ‘disastrous’ as it gives credence to the impression that Sarkozy has narrow ‘psychological reasons’ for wanting to return to politics motivated mainly by his desire to ‘do battle with Hollande.’ Sarkozy, for his part, did nothing to damp the indication of his being fixated on Hollande. He said, ‘I too drive a scooter, but I’m not a ridiculous president.’

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When one delves more closely into the characters of both antagonists there is somehow a curious twist that denotes a certain similarity between the two. Sarkozy, as we know, is not impartial to a bit of crumpet and his glitzy lifestyle is perhaps overdone to escape criticism while Hollande is certainly driven by his over active libido. He has made a fool of himself with his complicated love life and as a consequence lost some of the prestige of the office of the presidency.

The war of attrition between the two combatants will rumble on to the delight of the French media, who see this Herculean affair as a comic political diversion likely to keep them busy entertaining the nation for many months to come.

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